Saturday, 13 January 2018

Glow in the Dark Gym Gear (yes, you read that right!)

It's that time of year again when we try to make an effort to move more and what better incentive than some new gym gear? Would it impress you more if I said it’s 'glow in the dark' gym gear?! 
Yes - that's the same me, same moment, same picture without a flash and one with!!

Thursday, 4 January 2018

The one that got away....

I completely forgot to finish and publish this post back in October. No idea why. I must have had a manic few weeks and thought it had been published. So a few months late, here goes with the bonus that the shoes are in the sale and there are lots of similar jackets from Zara on sale too...
The photos were taken by my photographer friend Jess Lowe. If you're in or around Belfast and you want some great head shots, Jess is your woman. I love working with her and will book her for more photos in 2018. It just elevates blog posts to another level having decent photos that aren't taken by a 9 year old. The best bit? She puts you at ease immediately and just does a great job without faffing about.
I'll start with the jacket, which has featured lots on Instagram since I bought it in October. It's been one of the most useful pieces in my wardrobe - perfect for dressing up jeans and heels on a night out - as I've done here. It may be in-store but it is no longer online. However, I've found a few alternatives on the Zara site (see further down)
Bag - Yoshi (gifted 2015)
The bag is an oldie from Yoshi. They've an amazing sale on at the moment too. This is the Lowry clutch which is a cross body and a clutch, all in one. The most gorgeous soft leather too. It's no longer available in this colour way but the colours change each season. Some of this season's colours are in the sale on this link.

The shoes are my velvet slingbacks from M&S which make me very happy. I'm hoping to wear them more once the weather warms up a little. As I said above, they're in the sale at the moment and come in a blush colourway too. Low stock online but I've seen them in-store in a wider range of sizes.

The jeans were a lucky find on the H&M summer sale rail for £10. Always check out the H&M sale jeans - I've picked up about 3 pairs in the past few seasons for between £5 and £15!
Finishing with the top. Not just any old black top this one - oh no, it's a super stylish thermal one from from Hotsquash. Jenny the owner gifted it to me a few months ago after hearing about my cold office! It's fabulous and long line (perfect for long bodies) and is a brilliant design for those of us less blessed in the bust department.
I particularly love the asymmetrical neckline
Don't the autumn leaves on the street look lovely? To think this was only 3 months ago. Not a leaf on any of those trees at the moment.

Finishing with a few of the Zara alternative jackets that are still available in the sale. Adore them all. I really shouldn't have looked....



Monday, 1 January 2018

December's What I Wore...

First up, panic not - this is not a blog post with 30+ outfits. Short days and unwilling photographers make for infrequent outfit shots at this time of year. I got an iPhone attachment for my tripod though so hopefully I can manage a few more photos myself during 2018.
I share my outfits regularly on Instagram so anyone who follows me there may have seen these already but the algorithm does mean that you've likely missed one or two and I'm told it's useful to have the direct links to items I'm wearing. 
So here goes...starting with one from early December when we had snow and my Christmas jumper had one of its got worn LOTS in the lead up to the big day and I might still wear in January.
Jumper - Sugarhill from The Bottom Drawer, Portadown (bought)
No longer available in TBD but currently in the sale on the Sugarhill website

Friday, 29 December 2017

5 non-essentials to buy in the Christmas Sales

Following on from yesterday's 4 investment items, today is all about those non-essentials that are great to have in your wardrobe - just in case. It also includes items that are particularly on trend and not worth buying full price (in my opinion).

Starting with faux fur coats, gorgeous to wear around Christmas time and on nights out but I'm unsure if they work all winter long so I'm not convinced it's worth investing in an expensive one. However, faux fur comes in varying qualities so you don't want to be buying a cheap one if you can avoid it.
I tried this one on in M&S Sprucefield a couple of weeks ago and I'm gutted to have missed out on it in the sale. However, I've not been in-store yet in M&S so remain hopeful. It's way nicer in real life and looks amazing with jeans as well as with a dress.
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